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A380 wing lights - no lights?

Fri Jan 05, 2018 7:37 pm

I am a newbie, so apologies if this has been asked before.
I'm aware that the wing lights on an A380 at night are hard to see, but I was recently returning on a 12 hour night flight and I could see no light outside over the wing whatsoever. I was seated over the back edge of the wing and had a complete view of the wing. The only time that any lights were viewable was briefly while we were coming into land at LHR.

My question - is it normal to see no light at all for 99 per cent of the journey. I have video and photos of the black view that I could see. Could it be possible that the crew forgot to put the lights on, or are they really that shrouded?
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Re: A380 wing lights - no lights?

Fri Jan 05, 2018 8:41 pm

It is normal to leave the wing / ice lights off 99 % of the time. You switch them on if you want to look at the wing for ice. Then off when you're done. Some airlines like to have the wing lights on for landing too. My knowledge is mainly A320, but I think this one translates across most types.
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Re: A380 wing lights - no lights?

Fri Jan 05, 2018 8:48 pm

It dawns on me that you might mean the strobe/navigation lights on the end of the wing. If that's the case, I don't know. The A380 has a lot of wing, I imagine there are seats that see almost nothing from the lights that are angled away from the aircraft.
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Re: A380 wing lights - no lights?

Fri Jan 05, 2018 10:25 pm

I'm assuming the 380 is like the 320 in that the wing strobes are in front and rear strobe is in the tail, thus you may not be able to see the strobes from the back of the wing unless they're reflecting off clouds or the ground.
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Re: A380 wing lights - no lights?

Sat Jan 06, 2018 7:14 am

Strobes and the red and green nav lights are in the shadow of the end of the wing and usually not visible inside the aircraft.

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